I will tell a story using just about anything: music, words, puppets, even clay. Words are my favorite. I love to write and I can’t stop reading. I spend eighty percent of my weekdays reading books with students at Hoover Elementary School in Palo Alto Unified School District. You can visit our library virtually here.

The rest of my time I read, write stories, and musicals. Stories are created everyday – everywhere. Stories that ask questions are my favorite types of stories. I think the best way to write those types of stories is to ask lots of questions. So I do. I ask questions of my students, of my own work, and here, I ask questions of children’s authors, librarians and teachers, because I admire their work.  I hope you will be inspired to read, question, write and repeat too.

I have been a classroom teacher, an ice cream scooper, a toy salesman, a Choir Director, a Systems Project Coordinator, a foster mom for dozens of kittens and a pizza maker. I skinny-dipped in Siberia and bought a toilet in Mexico. My office is filled with hundreds of books but there’s usually an iPad in my purse. I never want to be far from a story.

My personal essays have appeared in The San Jose Mercury News and GreenPrints. My short story, Bondo, received an honorable mention in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open. I earned my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University, my Library Credential from Fresno Pacific University and my Multi-Subject Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University.


  1. Loretta Ichord
    September 11, 2012

    Loved your short piece about 9/11, Kristin. Very heart warming and wonderful.

  2. Deborah Davis
    September 11, 2012

    Thanks for the lovely 9-11 story, Kristen! Re: your bio: I relate to “I never want to be far from a story.” Amen.

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